Demanding restoration of students’ union election on campus, several youths from different organizations staged a demonstration in front of the Lucknow University Students’ Union (LUSU) building on Monday.
The last union election was held in 2005.
Reiterating their demand, the students staged a demonstration for some time in front of the union building and handed over a letter of demand to Professor Mahendra Agnihotri, coordinator of the students’ union. They asked university officials to hold union elections and not hold any cultural programs in the union building.
Lately, students have been running a campaign to pressure officials to hold elections at LUSU. They allege that there are elections for teaching and staff unions, but that they are prohibited for student unions.
“No student union elections have been held since 2005. In 2006, the then LU administration decided to hold the elections as per the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Commission. There was opposition and no elections have been held since then,” said one of the protesters.
Commenting on the issue, Professor Agnihotri said, “I have received a copy of the memorandum and I will hand it over to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AK Rai.”
“Student union elections at Lucknow University were last held in 2005. In 2006, they were to be held as per the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee, but the elections were canceled due to vandalism by student leaders over restrictions on age proposals,” he said.